There are more than 30 different kinds of spiders in the genus Latrodectus also known as widow spiders. Although the most famous of all of those is most certainly the black widow spider, more specifically, Latrodectus mactans which is commonly referred to as the Southern Black Widow is found mostly in the Southern United States, though they’re breadth of is somewhat surprising as they are found in Florida, New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Nevada, and as a result of shipping, is established all the way in Hawaii.

Known by their distinctive red hour glass-like mark, the black widow is an incredibly venomous species of spider, though it is rare that a healthy human being dies from being bitten. In fact, less than 1% of bites from the black widow spider cause a person to die.

A female black widow can be pretty big, measuring in at around 1.5 inches in length, although there is a large range in sizes they can be (a lot like people). She will be a beautiful kind of shiny black and have an hour glass mark on her stomach of her body. A male black widow is going to look much different though. They are tiny, less than a quarter of an inch, which is about 15% of the size of a female black widow. They sometimes have zebra like stripes on their back, and are pretty difficult to distinguish as black widows. Life for the male black widow is hard, because oftentimes in the black widow kingdom, the female of the species will decide to eat the male.


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